Hey hey. My name’s phillip low — I’m a playwright/producer who works out of the Mini Apple. My main claim to fame (such as it is) is most likely as the founder of Maximum Verbosity, a sort of umbrella title under which I place both my solo work and troupe/ensemble productions of my scripts.
From June of 2006 to February of 2008, I was a staff blogger for the Minnesota Fringe. This entailed my providing on-site coverage of the Festival, snarky anecdotes, and promotion for up-and-coming artists, as well as actual theatre reviews: between the two festivals, I wrote reviews of ninety one-hour shows over the course of twenty-two days, fueled by a steady diet of pop-tarts and Guinness. Since the Festival’s site remained up year-round, some of the bloggers decided to continue posting, and some of the audience decided to continue reading.
In 2008, it was decided that the bloggers would no longer be hosted directly on the Fringe site. While this is in some respects disappointing, I think it’s a wise move for the Festival as a whole — we simply reached a point where we were wielding too much influence over which shows succeeded and which ones failed, and it’s hard to reconcile a collection of editorials being directly hosted by a non-juried Festival.
I find, however, that being forced to articulate a coherent set of thoughts about the entertainment that’s passing before my eyes has also forced me to become a much better artist, and I’m loath to give up the intellectual exercise. So here I am, continuing to foist my infantile opinions onto the world wide web. Doing so may make me nothing more than another dick with a blog — but I prefer to think of myself as a Womb with a View.